‘You’re always going to find ways to impact the game’: Cripps happy to adapt

Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps remains optimistic his bullocking playing style can still thrive in an AFL environment with few stoppages and more open play.

The critics came for the 26-year-old as early as round one but the inside midfielder admitted he was slightly subdued by injury. Cripps says his body is feeling better week by week, and he remains confident both he and the club can salvage something from the season.

Carlton star Patrick Cripps is adamant he can continue to adjust his playing style to suit the pace of modern footy.Credit:Getty Images

“I’m pretty good now,” Cripps said.

“The first few weeks I was a bit sore. A lot of players play sore at different stages. Once you cross the line, you don’t use any excuses.

“I’m feeling pretty good. I feel like my form’s been building. I’m really optimistic about where myself and the club is heading over the remainder of the year.

“The first few games were pretty solid, just adapting to the longer quarters. I feel like now you’re starting to get used to the rhythm of it again.

“The first few games were quick, and it was a shock to the system.”

“I enjoy it around the clearances, but you’ve always got to find ways to improve your game.”

Asked whether his hard-at-it style can continue to thrive in the AFL’s back-to-the-future phase, Cripps was emphatic: “100 per cent.

“There’s still a lot of stoppages in the game and I do love a stoppage.

“If you’re a good player, you’re always going to find ways to impact the game.”

“I enjoy it around the clearances, but you’ve always got to find ways to improve your game.”

Carlton chief executive Cain Liddle has already indicated the West Australian free agent was close to signing a new deal with the Blues, and Cripps himself expressed optimism about putting pen to paper soon.

“Yeah, both parties are on the same page,” said Cripps, now into his ninth season at Carlton.

“I’m really happy at the club, and really determined, along with Doc [Blues co-captain Sam Docherty] and the leaders, to keep driving this club forward.

“One thing we’re doing right now is keeping the place a fun environment.

“Although we’re disappointed with where we currently sit, still we’re very optimistic and driven to get the most out of this year.

“I’ve got a lot of belief in this group, [and] always have.

“People get caught up with the win-loss record.

“We’re searching for more consistency. Each game we’ve learnt some good lessons. All we want to do as the year goes on is keep getting better. I feel like as a team we’ve got better since round one.”

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